Dare we say it – that Newcastle looked a well drilled and good side last night at St. Andrews?
Leon Best – scores Newcastle second goal with majestic header
And after the frustrations of bossing the game at Ewoood Park last Saturday, but not being able to score, it was great news that both of our strikers, Lovenkrands and Best, not only played well, but each scored an excellent opportunist goal.
And the first came after just two minutes as Gutierrez beat his man to put in one terrific left wing cross, that Lovenkrands beat his defender to, and before you knew it – Newcastle were in the ascendancy and one up.
And then just five minutes into the second half Leon Best, who looked a good player last night and very good in the air, winning headers galore, turned in another great Gutierrez cross in classic style, and beat two Birmingham defenders to the ball.
Jonas had an excellent game out on the left wing, and his final ball in these days is a lot better than it used to be, and he is currently leading our Man of the Match poll with 74% of the vote on our home page.
We were the better side last Saturday but didn’t get the result we deserved, and last night we were again the better side, and got all 3 points, which the lads worked their socks off for.
Alan Pardew had every right to be delighted at the display of his players:
“I think it was evident tonight that the players we have can fill the gap after Carroll.”
“The pleasing thing is that the two strikers showed effort and commitment despite the pressure that is on them.”
“Lovenkrands came off with a thigh strain and the other Best had to be substituted because of the amount of work he was doing.”
“But for them both to score from open play is the biggest plus for me.”
“We came into this game with momentum after our draws against Arsenal and Blackburn and it was really about getting the start right.”
“We started faster and that made the difference and we also passed the ball well on a tricky surface.”
That was Newcastle’s first win in 7 games, but in two of those games Newcastle were 1-0 up and gave away a last minute equalizer, and we drew four of those games.
But with 35 points after 27 games and currently in 9th place, the lads have a great chance of finishing the season strongly, and in a decent position in the league. A couple of wins should see us safe in the Premier League for another season.
Newcastle now have two home games coming up against Bolton and Everton, and if we can win them, we’ll not only be well positioned in the league, but almost anything will be possible.
And that will be important in the summer, as we will try to attract some top players to the famous Newcastle United club.
We have to give Alan Pardew praise as well – as the man has come into a very difficult position, not changed things too drastically, and now has taken 16 points off his first 11 PL games in charge (4W, 4D, 3L) – not too bad at all.
And we have been more than impressed with Alan since he came to Tyneside, and it’s obvious to most that he’s been simply blown away by the passionate support he has found at the Newcastle club.
The lads deserve huge praise for a terrific performance last night – we are so proud of them.